An experimental approach to group growth: When boundaries between performers and observers are breached

van Mourik Broekman, A., 2018, [Groningen]: University of Groningen. 302 p.

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In this dissertation, we set out to explain how bystanders can feel psychologically connected to a group by merely observing it. We have focused on how physical interaction within a target group can communicate solidarity to observers and how this in turn can influence the development of a relationship between observer and target group. Our expectation was, and the research confirmed this, that one does not have to interact with the target group to experience a sense of belonging or involvement with the group. The findings in this dissertation can thus contribute to the understanding of how group boundaries can extend beyond those of a core group of actors to include individuals who are objectively outsiders to it, in the role of bystanders or audiences. Uncovering the social psychological mechanisms that underpin such processes of group growth, offers us insight into the social function of, and the social psychological processes involved in, a variety of group activities that seem to facilitate group bonding, such as collective rituals, performing arts, festivals, sports, etcetera.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
Award date11-Jun-2018
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Print ISBNs9789463750059
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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